Mr. Vaughn Stephen Shaw

  • Born: November 6, 1942
  • Died: November 11, 2021
  • Location: Cranford, New Jersey

Gray Memorial Funeral Home

12 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Tribute & Message From The Family

Vaughn Stephen Shaw, age 79, passed away Thursday November 11, 2021. "Steve" was born in Bound Brook, NJ. He was raised by his parents Sylvanus J Shaw and Fern L Shaw and resided in Cranford for over 70 years. He was a graduate of CHS and received his BA from West Georgia College. Steve also served in the Air Force from 1961-1964. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller at the Newark Airport for several years and remained in the Federal Aviation Administration until he retired in 2007.

Steve was a long-standing member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford and dedicated his service as a deacon, volunteer, and choir member. He was an avid sports fan and passed down his love of baseball and the Yankees to his two sons. Aside from sports, Steve enjoyed playing the piano, vacationing down the shore in LBI, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Steve is pre-deceased by his loving wife, Karen Shaw. He is survived by his sons Christopher and wife Meghan Shaw, and Keith and wife Lesley Shaw, and his grandchildren Finley, Evan, Liam, and David. Steve is also survived by his siblings Merna Comstock, June Gregory, Donna Shaw, Adele Lee, and Sylvanus Shaw.

A life celebration will be on Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield
Avenue in Cranford. A funeral service will be 11 am Wednesday November 17, 2021 at the First
Presbyterian Church of Cranford. Interment will follow, with his wife Karen at Fairview Cemetery in

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's association by visiting:


Condolence & Memory Journal

Condolences to entire family. Just saw info on Facebook. Thoughts and prayers are sent to each one.7

Posted by Shirley Daniels - Cranford, NJ - Friend   January 04, 2022

We have some of the best memories sharing Christmas Eve dinners with Steve, Keith and Chris after Karen passed away. The Shaw family will always be considered family to us. Steve was one of the kindest men I have known and he will be greatly missed, but this compassion lives on in both his boys.

Posted by Pat Copeland - Cranford, NJ - Family Friend   November 16, 2021

I remember Steve as a kind and attentive man. He would laugh at a child's corny joke as if it was the best thing ever, just like he mother did. I remember Steve's visits to farm in PA. He would visit each summer and he was such a positive influence, a warm and friendly man who saw the best in everyone.

Posted by Samuel Snyder - Ontario, OH - Family   November 14, 2021

I regret that distance prevented me from getting to know Steve and his sons better. From the few times we were able to visit, I know he was a thoughtful, gentle, intelligent man who was devoted to his family. I know my cousin Karen loved him very much and he made her happy.

Posted by Nancy McLees - Harrisburg, PA - Family   November 14, 2021

Chris, your Father sounds like he was a wonderful man and I can see that reflected in you. You are blessed to have a strong family support and you all will help each other through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Jenise Holman - Boonton, NJ - Coworker   November 14, 2021

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am Steve's 1st cousin Lois Guyer Atherton. My mother was Olive Snyder Guyer & my father was William E. Guyer. I was born in 1949 and raised in Wheeling, WV. I am so sorry to say that it has been many years since I have seen Steve or any of his siblings. Rest in peace cousin Steve.

Posted by Lois (Guyer) Atherton - Bellaire, OH - Family   November 14, 2021

Our brother Steve will remain in our hearts forever. He made us smile and laugh. It was so much fun to sing songs with him while he played the piano.

Posted by June Gregory - Gainesville, GA - Brother   November 13, 2021

Our recollection of Steve is of a kind, gentle, loving man who was always ready to offer help to anyone and everyone. Regretfully, because of moving with the military and subsequently living at a distance we weren't able to spend as much time with our brother-in-law as we would have liked, but that didn't negate the high regard we had for him as a husband, father and friend. In this time of sorrow, our thoughts are with his sons, their wives and children as well as the rest of his family. We are all diminished by Steve's passing.

Posted by Keith & Doris Bushey - Groveland, FL - family   November 13, 2021

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